O God, You sent Your Son, Jesus, to bring eternal life
to those who believe. I join Him in praying for laborers
for Your harvest. May Your Holy Spirit inspire
men and women to continue his mission through
Your priesthood, diaconate, religious life and lay ministry.
May this same Spirit make known Your will for my life.
Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, we humbly beg
of Thee to revive in Thy Church that spirit which Thou
didst so abundantly bestow on the Apostles. Call, we
pray Thee, very many to Thy priesthood and to the
And may zeal for Thy glory and the salvation of souls
inflame those whom Thou hast chosen, may they be
saints in Thy likeness, and may Thy Spirit strengthen
them. O Jesus, give us priests and religious after
Thine own Heart!
God, our Creator,
Life is Your gift to me.
Through Baptism, You invite me to share the gift
of my life in service to others.
I ask LORD, "Who will be Your Priest, Deacon,
Brother, Sister, Missionary, Lay Minister? Is it I?"
Give me the courage and generosity to respond
to Your love, to Your call.
Give those you have called to the married and the
single state the graces their lives require. I
pray especially for those who serve You as
Religious. Keep them close to You.
This we pray through Christ our Lord. Amen
If you are wondering what to do with your life,
if you feel you want to do something really great with it,
if you don't want to fall into a conventional, self-centered existence,
if you want to help other people in the deepest way possible,
where they most need help,
then think about the service of the Gospel in the priesthood.
If you become a priest,
you will never be rich,
you will have to give up the love of a spouse
for the love of everyone you meet;
you will have to give up your family commitments;
you will often be on the move;
you will never have a mortgage;
you will be under obedience to the leader of the Church
just as Jesus was obedient to the will of the Father.
But if you are faithful to the ideal of the priesthood,
you will have the deep happiness
which Jesus gives to those who are His friends.
One last thing:
you don't have to be perfect to think of being a priest.
Jesus chooses ordinary people, not moral heroes.
You just have to want to serve Him;
He will give you the rest in due course.
Archbishop Maurice Couve de Murville
Rev. Enrique Salvo
The Archdiocese of New York
St. Joseph Seminary
201 Seminary Ave.
Yonkers, NY 10704